Many of my clients ask me what exactly is a detail retouch. So I thought I would post few photos to show before and after a high-end detail retouch of few photos from a studio session I did last year. Detail retouch is a totally manual job to get the absolutely best results. There is no bullet proof method to automate the process as every photo is slightly different plus it really depends on the vision of the photographer and/or retoucher. By no means I consider myself a top notch retoucher but I spent a lot of time, effort, training, one-on-one sessions with top retouchers to move my retouching skills forward. Because retouching can be so time consuming there is absolutely no way to do it for all photos for example for weddings. However, those photos that end up as big prints or key photos in an album go through a simpler or more intense version of detail retouching.
The photos below are from a weekend session of high-end retouching with Solstice Retouch. Solstice is one of the best retouchers in the US hands-down and it was an honor to learn from him!